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    That’s what the driver of this car would have to do if not for big bad oil.

    Thanks to reader Joseph, who writes:

    I noticed this in a Jacksonville Beach parking lot as I was on my way to catch some waves from the hurricane after a Michele Bachmann event. Apparently they believe oil isn’t the answer to anything.

    I wonder if they use any of these products on a daily basis:

    I bet they do.


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    boudicca | September 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

    These bumper stickers should be pasted on a bicycle; Displaying them on one’s gas-powered combustion engine vehicle is an example of supreme cognitive dissonance. I am sure the owner has no clue as to the irony.

    LukeHandCool | September 1, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Let’s see … offshore drilling is “not the answer” (just like war was not the answer to Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan), but Obama made clear in comments when he was in Brazil that he was keen to buy oil from Brazil’s deep-ocean drilling Petrobas.

    So, it seems that simply “American jobs are not the answer.”

    Awww … it seems electric vehicles might not be the answer, either.

    Ohhh … and as Solyndra Solar shows, green jobs are unquestionably not the answer!

    LukeHandCool (who demands some answers for the Prius crowd).

    I don’t understand how there is cognitive dissonance here, it’s perfectly rational to hold both the position that we should not drill for oil in the ocean and that it’s ok to drive a car, because there are other sources of oil. I don’t agree that we should ban offshore drilling, but it’s logical to hold both of those positions.


    Maybe. Reduce sources, reduce supply, increase prices.

      Awing1 in reply to boudicca. | September 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      I agree it would be stupid to ban off-shore drilling, my point is simply the validity of their argument while driving a car. I don’t think we should ever let ourselves get lulled into making unfair attacks against the other side, those unfair attacks help them, and there are soooo many fair ones to make.

        K in reply to Awing1. | September 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

        Agreed. One of my favorites arguments against drilling here in Florida is the argument that offshore drilling will ruin our beautiful beaches (they are beautiful, by the way). And ruined beaches will hurt the tourist industry.

        But…the tourist industry (and tourism in general) is HUGELY consumptive. Think of the infrastructure involved in just getting people here not to mention getting them from the airport to the beach and housing and feeding them while here. And it is all largely frivolous and unbelievably wasteful.

        But tourism is a sacred cow in Florida. So best not to mention another coastal parking lot or beach condo.

    The end of the green movement has begun. We must remember these historic times so we can tell our grandkids about them. Not only is LukeHandCool spot on about the folding of the Green Car Company and Solyndra, but now Prius has jumped the shark. It may take a little while for this seachange to be noticed by myopic progressives, but those of us who’ve been around to see Detroit’s fall from glory all understand what happens when the brand goes “bigger”. It is the beginning of the end. Sela.

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